Ancelotti plays down fan's protest
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Carlo Ancelotti believes the small protest outside Chelsea's training ground is nothing compared to what he has faced in Italy.
With the Blues currently on their worst run for many years, a section of Chelsea fans are becoming disgruntled with the boss in the wake of another defeat to lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek.
The gap to league-leading Manchester United now stands at nine points and they have played one more game than Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
Ancelotti believes he has the backing of the Chelsea board and will look to strengthen in the January transfer window.
But it appears that it is all getting too much for at least one fan, who draped a banner outside the west Londoners' training base in Cobham which read: 'Ancelotti + Abramovich out!!!' and 'None of you are fit to wear the shirt'.
Ancelotti has spent 14 years managing in Italy and confessed that he has witnessed much larger demonstrations back in his homeland.
"There was only one?" he joked. "If it's only one, there's no problem. Here, you saw outside just one person who is not happy.
"In Italy, it's different. You can find outside the training ground 1,000 people not happy. It's difficult to fight with 1,000. With one, you can manage."
The Stamford Bridge outfit take a break from their Premier League duties this weekend as they are in FA Cup action against managerless Ipswich Town who parted company with Roy Keane on Friday.
Punters looking to use a free bet might fancy the Tractor Boys to take this one as they have nothing to lose against one of the best sides in Europe on their day.